The Promise of True Discipleship: A New End Point

The Promise of True Discipleship: A New End Point

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The Human Paradigm asks, “How am I doing?”  This is not a bad question, but if it’s your primary discipleship question, then you’re probably building discipleship on a […]

The Beginning of New Questions

The Beginning of New Questions

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. It takes practice to follow Jesus, and it takes practice and a whole lot of divine help and revelation to grow in grace. But once we accept that […]

The Jesus Paradigm

The Jesus Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. Rather than building on sand, the wise builder asks, “Hey, is there a rock around here?” Jesus demolishes The Human Paradigm and replaces it with something wonderful and […]

The Biggest Problem with the Human Paradigm

The Biggest Problem with the Human Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. But the biggest problem with The Human Paradigm is just that. It’s strictly human. It’s a human way of thinking about the world. It is, at its core, […]

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, problem with The Human Paradigm is that we never arrive! Have you noticed that X is ever-elusive? The closer you get […]

Problem with the Human Paradigm

Problem with the Human Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. When I (Bill) was nine years old, I went to the altar at my grandmother’s church. A gaggle of praying folks surrounded me and informed me that I […]

The Human Paradigm Looks Like This

The Human Paradigm Looks Like This

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The Human Paradigm looks like this… There you are! And you’re running! In The Human Paradigm, you’re always running. You’re trying to arrive at the X. But how? […]

Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Words are beautiful things. Cockamamie. Flibertyjibitt. Balderdash. Kerfuffle. Not only do they hold meaning, they can be fun to say. I like to make a note of words of phrases I want to remember or, even better, incorporate into my vernacular. Merlin’s Mushrooms. Good gracious, Ignatius. Gallopin’ grimalkin. Codswallop. And (I confess), I like puns. […]

The False Promise of Discipleship

The False Promise of Discipleship

Very simply, the false promise of discipleship is the premise that discipleship is about you and I getting closer and closer to Jesus. Sounds like one of those paradoxical statements Jesus is known for, right? “The first shall be last and the last first.” “He who finds his life will lose it.” Isn’t being close […]